ANDREW LEVI "LEE" FORTNER
Andrew Levi "Lee" Fortner, 90, of Quincy, left home to be with his Lord, Thursday (June 28) at 2:45 p.m. surrounded by his Loving Family.
Born April 5, 1922 in Quincy, Lee was the son of Andrew Jackson and Cora Maude Haskins Fortner. He married Betty Lee Phillips on October 31, 1953 in Quincy. She survives.
He was a member of Central Baptist Church and also attended his dear friend Pastor Tom Henderson's New Beginnings Church. He was also a member of the Quincy VFW Post No. 5129, North Side Boat Club and a former member of the Moose Lodge. He was a Jack of all Trades. He enjoyed doing woodworking, carpentry, wallpapering, working outside in his yard and in his vegetable garden and flower garden. Always at the top of his list was camping and fishing with his family. Lee was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who was devoted to his family. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and his little great granddaughter.
Lee was employed for 26 years as a route salesman for Quincy Maid Potato Chip Co.. He then started and ran his own company called Lee's Wholesale until his retirement in 2007.
Lee Served his country in the Army during WWII fighting with the men of the 186th Field Artillery Battalion. Lee saw action in over twenty major battles including Omaha Beach at Normandy, St. Lo and the Battle of the Bulge. For his bravery he received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with one Silver Battle Star and the Bronze Service Arrowhead. In 2007 Lee wrote of his war time exploits and published a book called WWII and Me and The Phantom Battalion. He also wrote and published aWWII novel called The Man with a Mission.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; his children, Rodney "Rod" Fortner ( Joanne) of Peoria, IL, Sue Lockett (Mark) of Liberty, IL, Patty Littleton (Roger) of Quincy, Jeff Fortner and John Fortner both of Quincy; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Littleton of Denver, CO, Danielle Littleton of Quincy, Ryan Lockett and Sara Lockett both of Liberty, Marissa Fortner, Andrea Fortner and Rebecca Fortner all of Peoria, IL and one great granddaughter, Amaria Lockett of Liberty, IL and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Fortner was preceded in death by four sisters, Della Frances Gustison, Josephine Bigger, Edith Wood and an infant sister; one brother Kenneth Fortner and five half brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in Central Baptist Church with Dr. Woodrow Burt and Dr. Tom Henderson officating. Burial with Military Honors will be given by the Payson V.F.W. Post 2061 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail in Greenmount Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Monday evening from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and Tuesday morning from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Blessing Foundation for Hospice or the Blessing Cancer Center.